Louisiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Louisiana's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Election Runoff Date
December 6, 2014

December 6 Runoff Winner:
Ralph AbrahamRepublican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Vance McAllisterRepublican Party
Vance McAllister.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Louisiana U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th congressional district of Louisiana will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election on December 6, 2014, is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[4][5][6]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Rodney Alexander (R), who was first elected in 2002.

Alexander issued a statement on August 6, 2013, that he decided not to run for re-election in 2014. He cited gridlock in Congress as part of the reason for his decision. “Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill,” Alexander said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon. I have decided not to seek re-election, so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country."[7][8][9]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District includes the northeastern portion of the state. Morehouse, W Carroll, E Carroll, Madison, Tensas, Franklin, Richland, Ouachita, Lincoln, Jackson, Winn, La Salle, Catahoula, Concordia, Caldwell, Grant, Rapides, Avoyelles, St. Landry, W Feldana, E Feldana, St. Helenda, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes are included in the district.[10]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.


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District history


On November 6, 2012, Rodney Alexander (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Clay Steven Grant and Ron Ceasar in the general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Alexander Incumbent 77.8% 202,536
     Libertarian Ron Ceasar 14.4% 37,486
     None Clay Steven Grant 7.8% 20,194
Total Votes 260,216
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Alexander won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Tom Gibbs, Jr. (I) in the general election.[31]

U.S. House of Representatives, Louisiana's 5th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Alexander Incumbent 78.6% 122,033
     Independent Tom Gibbs, Jr. 21.4% 33,279
Total Votes 155,312

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 7, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 7, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Politico "GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander retiring" Accessed August 7, 2013
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named retired
  9. The News Star "U.S. Rep. Alexander won't run for re-election" Accessed August 7, 2013
  10. Louisiana Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  11. NOLA.com, "Vance McAllister won't seek reelection, The News-Star reports," accessed April 28, 2014
  12. The News Star, "UPDATE: McAllister won't seek re-election, will finish term," accessed April 28, 2014
  13. KALB, "Ed Tarpley, Former DA for Grant Parish, announce Congress bid," accessed April 12, 2014
  14. The New Orleans Advocate, "Both sides gear up to unseat McAllister," accessed April 12, 2014
  15. KNOE, "Tarpley announces intention to run for 5th District seat," accessed April 12, 2014
  16. NOLA.com, "Ed Tarpley to run for Vance McAllister's US House seat," accessed April 16, 2014
  17. Shreveport Times, "Monroe businessman Harris Brown to run for 5th District," accessed May 21, 2014
  18. Ralph Abraham for Congress, "Ralph Abraham For Congress," accessed June 3, 2014
  19. Daily Journla, "'Duck Dynasty' relative running for Louisiana's 5th District congressional seat in November," accessed June 16, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Louisiana Elections and Voting, "Candidate list," accessed August 27, 2014
  21. The Town Talk, "Monroe Mayor Mayo to make second run at Congress," accessed July 7, 2014
  22. My ARKLAMISS, "UPDATE: Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo Enters 5th Congressional District Race," accessed July 7, 2014
  23. Herford for Congress, "Home," accessed January 6, 2014
  24. The Town Talk, "Boyce businessman Grant announces run for Congress; Hazel won't run for seat," accessed April 30, 2014
  25. The Town Talk, "Marksville's Rep. Johnson won't rule out 2014 run for Congress," accessed October 24, 2013
  26. The Hill, "GOP senator moves toward run for McAllister's House seat," accessed July 9, 2014
  27. NOLA.com, "Vance McAllister's runoff opponent Louisiana state Senator Neil Riser won't rule out run for spot," accessed April 30, 2014
  28. LA Politics, "Riser Will Not Run in 5th District," accessed June 23, 2014
  29. The Town Talk, "Boyce businessman Grant announces run for Congress; Hazel won't run for seat," accessed April 30, 2014
  30. The Town Talk, "Marksville's Rep. Johnson won't rule out 2014 run for Congress," accessed October 24, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 17, 2011